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THE CUT – TARTE COSMETICS – HOLIDAY PALETTES | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hi guys, So I’ve thought up a cool idea that I am going to be calling the cut, and the name is basically what it means, is a brand being innovative or still selling mermaid makeup, are the products, making the cut? It seems that it’s the same brands that are sending out the same PR and dominating the spectrum of online blog, and YouTube.

I mean don’t get me wrong, I love Tarte very much, they make good products and are consistent but I would love to be a fly on the wall of their morning meeting and see what influences them, why choose pineapples to represent your holiday collection and does more go into the packaging then what is inside of the package – the product and is it really a value.

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Last year Tarte went for a buried treasure type theme with their holiday collection and this year it’s sweet escape which I do understand but for me and for a lot of others I don’t like to see flowers and palm trees – I like to see snow flakes and actually holiday memorabilia. Tarte Treasure Box Collector Set of last years holiday collection is a pretty standard, traditional release for the brand and sometimes a dreaded ones for fans because they quality isn’t quite what you get from their permanent launches and a lot of their Holiday Collection, over the last few years, has been made in China. The 2017 collection was made in the USA minus a few items within the packages like mini mascara, so am I to assume that Tarte did that for the fans, took a little bit off the bottom line and made it within the USA for us? Well that might be but last year verse all the other years there was a major increase in cost which is to be expected when made on your own soil.
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So I am happy to say that the Sweet Escape is made in the USA, oh nope, they went back to China for the production of the 2018 holiday sets, so it leaves me confused, because the price is the same if not more as if they were to make it in the USA and 2018 has been a major year for Tarte they have made Millions, and are talking about by everyone especially influencers – could it be that nice apple watch that I got from Tarte with a couple of Shapetape concealers. I mean I’m not really into this collection. Summer is Summer, Winter is Winter, I’m not so into combing the two. I like snow and Christmas trees, and hot cocoa, and snowmen, I don’t want flamingos in my Holiday Collection, I get the Christmas in Hawaii theme going on but I’m just not feeling it, and the quality just isn’t there compared to their iconic Tarte Pro Palette which I absolutely love. They now have reverted to doing mega sets which I don’t have a problem with! It’s a good deal of bang for your buck however, if you’re an older fan of the brand it does become very repetitive.

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So do you think Tarte’s Holiday Palette made The Cut?

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MDNA SKIN | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So I was opening some PR mail and I came across a package that was from a sender that I have never had before, I guess I never understood the presentation of a PR package they always try to make it look so cool and relatable so that we will want to talk about it, but this was different it was a plain box, and when I opened it, it had only four little boxes inside, it was like the products could speak for themselves and it they didn’t need all the bells and whistles by now you’ve read the header and know I’m talking about MDNA skin – and if you know pop culture you would know that MDNA stands for Madonna – so yes, Madonna came out with a extremely luxury skin line.

If you have my blog bookmarked or are a subscriber, you would know that I live and work within Canada so I think it’s safe to say that I am one of the first to receive MDNA skin and if you check out the website you will see some items that say coming soon, on a global scale which I got and I have been using this line for about two weeks, It’s truly changed my skin – if you want too give your skin care line that is a over priced and considered luxury brand, where do you launch it? Japan right? Right. (available in Japan since 2014)

The packaging is so beautiful, the box itself is astatically pleasing from the way it opens to the bottle sitting in a beautiful blanket of cashmere – reaching new lengths of hydration – It’s made with glycerin, squalane, and hyaluronic acid — the most potent hydrators around. A stable version of vitamin C in the serum works to dissolve age spots and acne scars. The Serum’s texture is more like a light lotion and is scented like a delicious orange soda. Try not to eat it. There is seven products within the line so but some are not so important as others. I was sent, The Serum($300), The Eye Serum($180), The Chrome Clay Mask($600), but I am going to do a review if it is better then the very similar E.L.F magnetic mask so I wont talk to much about it now, The Rose Mist ($120)

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Everything mentioned is available at Barneys

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I find the rose mist to be a little be trashy of the Seven wonders, I mean Madonna sniffed 50 iterations of rose to land the perfect fragrance accord for The Rose Mist – I guess what I am saying is there is so many Rose Water sprays out there and that don’t come with a $120 price tag. If you’d like to read more about the brand story click here

There is a lot more to come on this review but I think I’m going to review each of the items in one post so that I don’t have a extremely long review.
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WHITE WITH STYLE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Halloween, one of maybe the busiest days of someone within the beauty community – but I made a choice to not be stuck taking care of other people, will I help? of course, but I won’t be out of focus and forget all about myself! if you’re thinking what the, what is he talking about check out yesterdays post. (RED CHARITY PROJECT | MAKEUPANDTHECITY)

Commission, Codes, and paid partnerships can be really touchy subjects, if you have millions or hundreds of thousands, if it’s you’re full time job or you receive just because of your job in the industry – tread lightly and be cautiously there are codes a head! oh, and again boys and girls, happy Halloween.


I am not stranger to teeth whiten kits, in fact I’ve been in paid partnerships with Smile Sciences – and although they do carry some, unique ways to whiten your teeth, does not mean that it is the safest or best for your oral care and teeth – when I used Smile Sciences for one (1) I did not see the results that White With Style gave me. Also my gums were extremely red, my teeth got white spots on them and the bottoms of my gums were bleached also which is absolutely not what you’re supposed to experience when you use a whiten home kit so to say I was turned off would be choice words. White With Style has an amazing team who has never let me down regardless of money or a base commission, they have asked me if I’m enjoying the products and never pushed me to sell the products, anytime I have needed free makeup or kits for use on set – they’ve always had my back without a question. Of course credentials are necessary – in no way am I saying send them an email and ask for free items because that just is not how it works and besides White With Style practically does give it the products away for free when you use my code or if you use a generic code they would offer – which we will get into.

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I guess in some ways what I am trying to say is, just because there is more hype around a brand or a product, in no way makes that product better or above. It’s kind of like just because someone has millions of subscribers does not mean that they are any better then a smaller influencer – think about it for a second, what is better one (1) person talking about a product for the money they make or thousands talking about it because it actually is, a genuine and great product.

What fuels you? Passion or money?

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Small little tip for you if you have sensitive teeth, or use the peroxide free option grab a regular kit or just a optional second regular pen and after you make your mouth trays and you’re about to start whitening your teeth follow your instruction card but first add along the bottom a line of the regular and finish with the normal instructions adding above your peroxide free and as you add your trays to your mouth you will see the regular lightly go over the front of your teeth and mix effortlessly with the peroxide free too give you the results without the irritation or sensitivity.

It’s also becoming the holiday season which means its the time for giving and what better to give them a gift of a white beautiful smile, and I know, oh I know what you’re thinking – it’s a bit suggestive to give a teeth whiten kit for a gift but trust me, it’s in your head and they will thank you because it’s a massive confidence boost– and who doesn’t need a pick me up.

“Are you tired of having coffee and wine stained teeth? Are you ready to look interview ready? Embarrassed by your stained teeth? Well look no further we have a great solution for you. Our Sparkle White Teeth Whitening kit comes in great flavor options and you can whiten in 30 min or less. Use our Sparkle Kit up to once per week to get your ideal shade of white. Don’t settle for the rest when you can have your Sparkle Best using White With Style Sparkle White Teeth Whitening Kit.” – WhiteWithStyle

The original teeth kit cost is $269.99US and they offer other kits that you can check out right here but the original seems to be the most popular, comes in sensory pleasing flavors such as, mint, birthday cake, blue raspberry, bubble gum, bubble mint, cotton candy, watermelon and more! Dressed to impress with coordinating packaging! OH! did I say the price was almost $300.00 – scratch that because you can grab a kit for only $28.00 which is almost 90% off retail price with the code KAM at checkout! or don’t use my code, use a code use another influencer that you enjoy if they are working with the company – In no way pushing you to use my code – I am telling you all of this and my experiences because I believe in this company and know they are the best and will give you the best results for you to be the most beautiful, you.

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RED CHARITY PROJECT | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hey boys and ghouls! Happy Halloween – clam down, I know it’s a day early but odds are I won’t be able to take the time to write tomorrow which sucks but it happens, Halloween for me has always been planning a concept taking the time to create the pieces needed for said project and me always going as me, why? I always make sure I do everyone else makeup before I do my own – resulting in me not having the time to make sure I look good actually I always look good, but you know what I mean!

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I wanted to take a post to talk to you about T H E M A K E U P S T O R E which you may or may not have heard of but you should, they are the company that really, starts the trends that your favourite companies later seem to come up with. The time stamps and receipts are there – HD power, makeup forever? Nope, Makeup Store first. There is so much that T H E M A K E U P S T O R E  in fact conceived and carried and the idea was just stolen from them, I urge you to click that link and check them out – and really look at the products and the concepts. Also this is not the first time I have taken the time to write about them. Based in Europe if you’re able to get yourself on the PR list then give yourself a pat on the back because they believe in exclusivity.

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T H E M A K E U P S T O R E  creates one of the top products that the cosmetic world has ever seen and it’s very sad too see that they are not promoted enough, could it be that companies might be scared, I know there is no original thought in this day and age but enough is enough.

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Anyways, back to what I wanted to call attention too – Emma & Therese Children’s Project (ETCP)
is a non-governmental organization working for orphans and other vulnerable children in Kabale, Uganda with focus on children living on the streets. The project was founded in 2011 by Emma Kock. Inspired by their work they have created lipstick Red Angel. When you buy the lipstick, all proceeds will be donated to Emma & Therese Children’s Project (ETCP)

Lipstick Red Angel has a warm color tone with a soft pink base and a hint of nude and red. The color suits everyone no matter skin tone. Provides a moderate coverage with a soft sheer finish.

SIDE NOTE ➡️Not tested on animals and is vegan.

I know that a lot of beauty brands do create charitys and stuff, it’s nothing new but this has been around for so long and has helped so many, and I’m just recognizing in the hope that is surrounded by a simple lipstick for so many kids who are sick, and hungry living on the harsh streets. So too all my beauty lovers out there click here and buy a $18.00 lipstick with stunning packaging and spread the word! This holiday season let’s not forget how lucky we are.

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CONCEALERS, AND YOU. | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hi guys, before we get into this, I have one question – how are you? Jeans, white t-shirts, blue jeans, cell phone, what do you think of when you think about those things, the basics right? Concealer is a basic for me, I just love it, I love everything about concealer and what you’re able to achieve with it. Concealers can often be either too chalky, too thin, too sparkly, or too flat. Sometimes the simplest move is right when it comes to makeup and if you have to overthink it maybe it’s not right for you.

I was looking at all of my concealers, and I thought to myself, do I have a problem with concealers? I tell myself that I am just collecting all of them but really, am I really? So grab your concealer and coffee and lets get to the basics of concealer, and you.

For Sensitive Skin there are so many options out there, I personally do not have sensitive skin but honestly tell me what is the harm in using a concealer for sensitive skin it can only keep the skin from any irritation – If you have redness from sensitive skin, this concealer is the dream because it’s incredibly neutralizing and during this time of year, it’s very common to have redness from things like broken capillaries around the nose and along the cheeks – that’s when you want to go with a product with cooler undertones like Urban Decay NAKED SKIN – If you’re looking to conceal red, sensitive skin, this is my number one recommendation my next category and this one kind of go hand and hand.

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For Hyperpigmentation & Acne Scars A good full coverage concealer usually manages to cover most scars, but sometimes, extra measures need to be taken such as color correcting (COLOR CORRECTION : HOW and WHY?) and there are a bunch of really, really good color corrector out there but MAYBELLINE has one from the Master Camo like that works so amazing. Just blend one over your problem areas and top it off with a light dab of your favorite concealer to disguise the color. What scars? What sun spots? What redness?

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For Dark Undereye Circles there is so many good ones but I’m going too have to say NARS soft matte complete concealer is going to change your concealer game, it comes in shades that employ peach, apricot, or orange tones to cancel out the purple – blueish hues. I also like that its in a pot because of the type of brush that I would use while applying this concealer – I guess a doe-foot would be a little better but hey what can we do! Also NARS Radiant Creamy concealer is a cult favorite because the creamy texture glides on smoothly, making for easy application, but dries matte.

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Even the best undereye concealers can veer dry, powdery, and too matte, which only ends up accentuating what you’re trying to hide in the long run. This full coverage, waterproof option does no such thing. Rather, it adds a subtle radiance (not sparkle) to the area that you didn’t even know you needed, and that would be Bye-Bye Under eye by IT! cosmetics.

Multipurpose Concealing I would reach for Urban Decay ALL NIGHTER – I mean the packaging alone was why I had to have this, and don’t get it wrong, if I see something I like I will go out and buy it and then if it doesn’t come in PR I won’t worry to much about it but – Perhaps most importantly, the slight tackiness means it holds up throughout the day, but it’s creamy enough that it looks completely natural.

For break outs and acne in general there is Bye-Bye Breakout from IT! Cosmetics and despite this concealer’s medium-but-buildable coverage, it feels light as air on the skin. Plus, it contains a slew of oil-absorbing and zit-fighting ingredients like kaolin clay, tea tree oil, and sulfur. There is also an amazing setting or face powder from this line that I used to always use  so even your most stubborn breakouts will be safely hidden.

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For oily skin there is KVD lock it concealer a full-coverage concealer that feels lightweight, but has the power to cover even the darkest tattoos – and hormonal breakouts my sister tells me! Never thought I would meet a concealer I didn’t have to set with powder — until I used this. Even better, it’s such a full coverage formula that you can use as a foundation replacement, just dot over just-moisturized skin and blend but it dries to a very matte finish. This does-it-all concealer masks dark spots and undereye circles, but also has a built-in primer at its core to blur imperfections and leave skin with a velvety finish.

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So there you go covers almost all the areas that you’d need the only one I’m missing is mature skin but that is because I have something coming that needs it’s own post! also know that you are in good hands when it comes to these recommendations because I have tested them all as I do not wear foundation much.

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LIFE IN HD – CATRICE – HD LIQUID COVERAGE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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If you guy’s remember, my post, where I came back and said I was really lost within work and just allowing my PR packages to build up, I would be so tired that I didn’t even feel like opening the darn box (HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION – PART TWO | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) typically being me I started from the more recent which is, dumb because I’m late to the party on this one, no actually I missed the party.. But I am writing about this current because Catrice is now available online at Shoppers.ca and also with be in over four hundred (400) doors across Canada by the end of February 2019 and since I am based in Canada, I’d like to take the opportunity to share this as most, or all wouldn’t know!

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So, today I will be talking about Catrice – HD liquid coverage which has been the talk of the beauty community when Catrice sent out their eighteen (18) shade PR box, I should also say this foundation also comes with some pretty crazy claims, but we will get into that – many and I mean many, say that this foundation is a dupe to Fenty Beauty, which I touch on a little on that in my post this morning.

The three (3) main claims of this foundation are ➡️ one (1) it last’s up to twenty-four hours without the need for touch up ➡️ two (2) the product is supposed to act as if it’s second skin ➡️ three (3) it’s completely vegan and mattifying and the only reason I’m feeling a need to mention that is the whole twenty-four hours with no touch up, will it keep you completely matte for that long? Let’s find out. Catrice is one of the most affordable makeup brands (beside Essence, owned by Cosnova inc. which also owns Catrice) that is available in drugstore and their prices are not as expensive as compared to L’Oréal and some other brands – it’s a lightweight and non-oily texture that feels like a really does feel like second skin. Provides a long-lasting full coverage without mask effect and creates an even complexion.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Dermatologically tested, Vegan, Dropper bottle and comes with standard thirty (30) millilitres.

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There is of course three (3) standard undertones Cool– silver jewelry looks best on you. Your veins appear to be blue and purple. Neutral – both silver and gold looks nice on you. Your veins appear to be green and blue. Warm – gold jewelry is your go too. Your veins appear green.

The packaging is not cheap at all – it feels like a luxury foundation and performs like one also, and it’s only $10.99 – and I have a code that will save you 20% if you use it at catricecosmetics.com which I will add at the bottom of outro – no I do not made commission off of this code I just thought it would be nice for you. Also new subscribers will have a chance to win all eighteen shades!
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As for the Fenty Beauty dupe claims, well they both have the same ingredients in the exact same order, and to be honest the think Catrice is better then the Fenty by a long shot, especially in the price range! I was going to do a entire post about this but a lot of people beat me too it! so I will link in one of those comparisons here – I think over all, this foundation is a true win win, all of the claim are true and it’s dropper packaging is so perfect and on trend for right now.

As for the twenty-four hours hold check back within a couple of day and I will do a twenty-four hours wear test with photos and I will not touch it up in anyway, I’m not the type to wear foundation like I would just use the dropper and put it in areas of the face that I would want to conceal – I guess we will see the outcome! so check back!

Don’t forget to check out Catrice on social @CATRICE.US and save 20% off their website with the code LifeInHD at checkout.
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NARS HOLIDAY 2018 x MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Good morning, boys and girl! you know I was checking my traffic reports and times that my viewers, view, is between, 8:00am  – 10:00am and then after that after lunch going forward! So thank you for having me be apart of your morning routine!

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Is anyone else absouloutly loving this cold fall weather – it’s beyond refreshing and so comfy to sleep under a big blanket all nice and warm with a dim apple cinnamon candle lit in a cold room! Lipstick ornaments, advent calendars, glitter everything –  When it comes to holiday makeup collections, most brands are pretty predictable. Unless, of course, that brand is NARS Cosmetics — and this year, the industry rebels didn’t disappoint. The brand recently released a studded holiday collection inspired by the iconic punk fashion of the 1970s, which features an array of new lip colors and playful palettes, as well as some cult classics from the iconic brand. I see you Laguna!

NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette, is the palette is loaded with the kind of cult classics you would always home that someone would buy for you or that you would buy for yourself, but were always JUST out of your budget. Packing Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm Blush into one set not only makes them slightly more affordable, but also adds a level of convenience for those of us who just want all our face powders in one place. I could say exactly how beautiful the bronzer, blush, and highlighter looked on the model when they sent me this collection to review but I do not think I’d be able to do any justice.
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NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette, $42.00, available at Sephora

NARS Defiant Lip Gloss Coffret, there’s never been a doubt that NARS makes a good lip gloss, but there’s something about this smoky brownish-red color in particular that makes it party, office, and kiss-friendly. So Glisten up with an irresistible, limited-edition trio of cult-favorite Lip Gloss formula steeped in sultry shine. Lush. Longwearing. Fully-loaded luster.
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NARS Defiant Lip Gloss Coffret, $39.00, available at Sephora

NARS Provocateur Eyeshadow Palette is so beautiful, and is a makeup lover must have, some of the shades within this palette are eye-catching the orange shadow in this palette is what initially grabbed my attention; I’ve been seeing tangerine and rust shades everywhere lately, and I wanted to play around with this shade but my swatch looked more red. So, I added a bit of the deep purple lightly on top and it was so beautiful. Full pigment, completely blendable and lasts forever. With or without a primer. The size of this palette also makes it perfect for a stocking also for travel! The only thing is they are selling out extremely fast of this current shade range.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Some of the shades within this palette seem to stain the eye – so make sure that you have a good makeup remover!
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NARS Provocateur Eyeshadow Palette, $49.00, available at NARS.com

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set the Vicious color from this set is like a soft pink and a rich red lipstick had a baby. It makes lips look a tinge darker and sexier, and the crayon application is totally dummy-proof. Totally travel friendly, and again the perfect stocking stuffer. They are also iconic NARS products – NARS core products.
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NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, $45.00, available atSephora

NARS High Voltage Highlighting Palette well as much as these highlighters look highly pigmented at first sight, they come off very sheer. I would compare it to a setting powder with a light touch of shimmer. If you do a dusting all over your face for a ‘lit from within’ look, ideally could take a bad situation and make it a lot better. If you want a more obvious highlight, this probably wouldn’t be for you, but if you just want an overall healthy glow, you’ve met your match.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ You can also try laying same shade colors for a more intense highlight, or duh – wet your brush with a setting spray.
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NARS High Voltage Highlighting Palette, $42.00, available at Sephora

I did cover the amazing NARS advent calendar (HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION – PART TWO | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) and those babes are close to selling out or when this goes live they might be but I will include photos below of what you will or would have got within.
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NARS was my first professional brand that I saw and fell in love with when I was just becoming interested in the world of beauty and lifestyle – I remember getting my best friend to take me to Toronto for the second time in my entire life to go to, well, Sephora – at the time I didn’t even know what Sephora was. I felt so out of place or like I shouldn’t be there – I remember it so clearly because I was so out of my comfort zone. I bought a duo eyeshadow called Pandora and I think I bought a couple of red bottomed brushes.

Now lived in and living in Toronto and so much time gone by and my career at a point where I walk into any Sephora in North America and most know me by name is so crazy to think back to that little boy who was so scared and out of place.

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